EMS: So Much More than Lights and Siren
When I first became an emergency medical technician, I thought being on an ambulance would be constant excitement: driving with lights and sirens to rescue injured victims of traffic crashes, delivering babies in people’s homes, taking men and women with strokes and heart attacks quickly to the hospital. I soon learned that not every 911 call involved a life-threatening emergency requiring rapid transport. A nursing home resident fell and needed stitches. A child’s fever spiked, causing a seizure. A teenager broke his leg trying to score the winning run. Emergency medical services (EMS) providers do much more t...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Heidi King Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Records Video Greeting for National EMS Week
  Former Pennsylvania Governor and United States Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge recorded a video greeting for National EMS Week. In the video, he recounts his own experience with a cardiac arrest in 2017, when he was resuscitated by a crew from Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS). In his his heartfelt message to ATCEMS and to EMS providers all over the country, Ridge says, "You have been and always will be a source of comfort and strength for the neighborhoods and the families you serve." (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Austin-Travis County EMS Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Castle County (Del.) EMS Paramedic Partners Create a Unique Relationship, Making Them “Stronger Together”
    From nccde.org: New Castle County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was the first paramedic service in the first state, and they celebrated their 30th anniversary of advanced life support delivery in 2005. In December 2009, the New Castle County Paramedics became the first EMS agency in Delaware, and the first ALS-intercept agency to achieve national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). New Castle County EMS is a multi-jurisdictional county municipal paramedic service covering the entire 437 square miles and over 552,778 residents of New Castle County. We are prou...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Newcastle County EMS Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Celebrating EMS Week: Stronger Together
As an emergency physician, EMS medical director, and now director of the NHTSA Office of EMS, I have worked closely with EMS providers whose dedication to their patients and their colleagues often goes unrecognized. As we celebrate another EMS Week, I want to thank each of you, your families and all the people who make it possible for you to help people day in and day out. The theme of EMS Week this year is "Stronger Together," which recognizes not only the bonds we form with our fellow EMS providers, but also the importance of collaboration. Whether working with colleagues in your organization, partners within y...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jon R. Kromer, MD, Director, NHTSA Office of EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Harvey L. Hall Has Passed at Age 77
Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Founder, Harvey L. Hall has passed away at the age of 77. Hall became ill in mid-April and was hospitalized when doctors made an initial diagnosis of an untreatable and rapidly progressive disease.  At their request, Hall sought a second opinion which was confirmed at an out of town medical center on May 8.   Hall was released on May 12 and returned to his residence to enjoy the comforts of home while surrounded by his loving family and three dogs.  Plans for a Community Celebration Honoring the Life of Harvey L. Hall are underway.  Details will be released soon.  ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Hall Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

American Medical Response Teams Up with International Association of Fire Chiefs and American College of Emergency Physicians to Train Bystanders How to Save Lives
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – More than 350,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest annually. When a bystander performs CPR until EMS arrives, the odds of the victim surviving can triple. To raise awareness and increase bystander CPR, American Medical Response (AMR), the nation’s largest provider of medical transportation, announced it is collaborating for the second year with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). During National EMS Week, May 20-26, the organizations will train communities on how to assist those experiencing signif...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Medical Response Tags: Trauma Cardiac & Resuscitation News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

National EMS Memorial Service Closes Out 2018 Weekend of Honor
Oxon Hills, MD - On Saturday the families, friends, and colleagues of the 36 EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty in service to others will gather for the National EMS Memorial Service, closing out the 2018 Weekend of Honor. Honor guards along with bagpipe and drum corps travel from around the United States to volunteer their time and services in honor of the fallen. This year’s keynote speaker will be Joseph W. Schmider, Emergency Medical Service Director for the Texas Department of Health Services. There will also be a team from HOPE Animal-assisted Crisis Response (http://hope...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Memorial Foundation Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Arrival of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Kicks off the National EMS Weekend of Honor
Oxon Hill, MD- On Friday, May 18 at approximately 4:00 p.m. the families, friends, and colleagues of EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty as well as EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-employment-related causes will gather to cheer the National EMS Memorial Bike Riders as they roll into the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Lower Level Atrium (Waterfront). The riders began their journey in Boston last Saturday and have traveled over 500 miles in the rain in honor their fallen colleagues. They will be led by law enforcement and fire/EMS vehicles as they proc...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Memorial Foundation Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

In Some Areas, 9-1-1 Technology Struggles to Keep Up with the Times
ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — High school students hiding from the gunman in Parkland, Florida, were forced to whisper in calls to 911 for fear of tipping off their location. Others texted friends and family who then relayed information to emergency dispatchers over the phone. A few months later, a woman in Michigan was able to send off short text messages to 911 dispatchers as her homicidal husband held their daughter hostage. She was able to convey enough information to help officers get to the scene and formulate a plan to stop the man without the family being harmed. The two cases show how that in this era of active shoote...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Minnesota House Unanimously Passes First Responder PTSD Bill
  ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE11) - Many kids say they want to be a firefighter. Brian Cristofono happened to follow through. His dream turned profession, eventually becoming a firefighter in St Paul. "That's where I started having issues," he said. But soon, the service took its toll. "There was a six-month-old, I remember going to, at 8 in the morning and the baby had been beaten to death and we just knew it was not breathing. We got to the hospital and I remember looking into the room and just kept doing chest compressions. I went into the bathroom and I just locked myself in there and just balled because m...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christopher Hrapsky, KARE11 Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

In Columbus, Ohio, EMS Week Gets Major Support from the Entire Community
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared November 3–10, 1974 as the first National Emergency Medical Services Week. This annual observance continued until 1978,  and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982 with a week in September. In 1992, EMS Week was again moved to the third week in May, which is where it remains today. EMS Week is meant to highlight the great work that our EMS providers do daily, and to bring together local communities and medical personnel to honor these individuals. Because EMS Week is the perfect time t...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: David P. Keseg, MD, FACEP Tags: Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Utah Paramedics Now Access Patient Outcome Data: A Full-Circle Success Story
Most EMS providers are familiar with the lack of closure that comes from caring for a patient on the way to the emergency department, but not finding out the patient’s outcome after care is turned over to the hospital staff. This lack of follow-up can be frustrating and may also be a missed opportunity for both EMS and hospital providers to learn from each other and their experiences. Gold Cross Ambulance, an EMS provider that has serviced Salt Lake City, Utah, for the last 50 years, has recognized this and seized the chance to improve its quality of care and create a more complete patient care record by exchanging d...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS.gov Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting News Source Type: news

2018 Midwest EMS Expo
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Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Slideshow Source Type: news

ImageTrend Announces New Partnership with State of Tennessee
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. is proud to announce a new partnership with the state of Tennessee for their EMS data collection and trauma registry reporting. The state’s Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services selected ImageTrend through a competitive RFP process. The Volunteer State will be utilizing the company’s industry-leading Elite ePCR and Patient Registry solutions. “Tennessee Office of EMS is excited to move our EMS Run Reporting and Trauma Registry project forward with the assistance from ImageTrend,” remarked Donna Tidwell, Director of the Office of Emergency M...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

National 9-1-1 Program Releases New 2018 Compilation of Next Generation 9-1-1 Standards
As the country continues to advance emergency communications with the implementation of Next Generation 911 (NG911), it is critical for 911 industry stakeholders to have access to a thorough compilation of NG911-related standards. While the Program is not a standard-setting body, it collaborates with over 40 different standards development organizations (SDOs) to catalog and describe such standards. The seventh edition of the Next Generation 911 Standards Identification and Review is now available. This compilation of NG911 standards contains criteria that can serve as the basis to achieve 911 interoperability ac...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: 911.gov Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

"Uneasy" EMS in the Big Easy (New Orleans)
As noted in the article below from the Times-Picayune, politics appears to have reared its ugly head in New Orleans with the ouster of well respected, educated and street smart EMSDirector/Medical Director, Dr. Jeff Elder.   The termination of Deputy EMS Director Carl Flores in addition to Elder raises a red flag about a system that needs solid, seasoned, street-smart leadership and advocacy to continue to provide a high quality service to the citizens and visitors to New Orleans.   New Orleans EMS has some of the finest EMS providers in the country and are extremely taxed by increasing call volume, yet they are ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

EMS Agenda 2050 Draft Available for Public Comment
Throughout the last year, the EMS Agenda 2050 project team sought input from across the nation to craft the EMS Agenda 2050, a vision for the future of EMS. The first draft of the EMS Agenda 2050, which is based on feedback generated through discussion of the initial Straw Man document, has been released for public comment. The public comment period for this draft will be open until May 31st, 2018. EMS, healthcare and public health professionals can provide comments through the submission form available on EMSAgenda2050.org.  Following the comment period, all feedback will be reviewed to help...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS.gov Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

2018 Boston Marathon Operation Uses FirstNet for Communications
In the five years since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing took place, Bostonians have remained true to the phrase “Boston Strong” – the two-word phrase that united the city and circled the globe in the aftermath of the senseless tragedy. On that infamous day, thousands of spectators and residents can recall reaching for their mobile devices to frantically locate family and friends. Unfortunately, the high call volume saturated the local cellular networks causing signal delays and failed calls rendering mobile phones nearly useless. For area first responders on duty that day the consequences of poor network...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Varney, First Responder Network Authority, Region 1 Lead Tags: News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

EMS-Based Urgent Care in the Ramah (N.M.) Navajo Reservation
The Pine Hill urgent care model is a bold move away from more traditional MIH-CP programs. Photos courtesy Chelsea C. White   In the United States, there are currently 567 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, representing almost 2.2 million citizens.1 Many of these are concentrated in the Southwest, with 23 diverse tribes and pueblos across the state of New Mexico.2 More than 10% of the population (220,000 individuals) of New Mexico identifies as a member of one of these 23 cultures.2 New Mexico is ranked 47th nationwide for population density, with an average of 17.2 people per square mile...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Emily A. Pearce, BS, NRP Tags: Administration and Leadership Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Show Me the Money: Is there a connection between agency funding and patient non-transports?
This study examined the Virginia State EMS database for an association between EMS ownership/funding type and patient non-transport. The author categorized the agencies as publicly funded if they were government non-fire or fire departments and privately funded organizations if they were private nonprofit, private for-profit or hospital-owned. Between 2009 and 2013 there were 4.6 million 9-1-1 responses, with public agencies responding to 70% and private agencies responding to the remaining 30%. Patient transport occurred in 61.75% of the government non-fire organizations, 56.48% of government fire, 73.6% private nonprofit...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Paramedic Alliance Forms to Begin Addressing Key Topics & Concerns In EMS
New international alliance addresses key concerns in EMS A new, international paramedic alliance has formed, comprised of the representative associations for paramedicine leadership from the major English-speaking countries around the world. It’s called the Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance (GPLA). It includes the following organizations: >>The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), representing the United States; >>The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, from the United Kingdom; >>The Council of Ambulance Authorities, representing New Zealand and Australia; and >>The Paramedi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Rapidly Evolving Treatment Protocols Can Impact Your Liability
Advances in treatment can impact your liability Over the last few years, many rapidly changing medical advances and treatment methods for managing stroke and cardiac patients have challenged the status quo of traditional treatment, and are impacting how we assess and treat patients in the prehospital setting. Is there an obligation to keep up with these changes and adjust our treatment protocols consistent with these new modalities? Absolutely. In a lawsuit alleging negligence, an essential aspect of the inquiry is to determine the standard of care for that patient situation. Negligence or medical malpractice re...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen R. Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Relationship Reflections: The Importance of Choosing the Right EMS Soul Mate
  A chance encounter at this year’s EMS Today Conference prompted me to write this month’s editor’s page. While I was walking in the exhibit hall, an EMS provider came up to me and asked if I could answer a question for him. I said I’d be glad to, expecting a question about a conference session, a JEMS article or some other area directly related to EMS. It turns out that what he wanted to know was how I found the perfect mate who understood my involvement in EMS. More importantly, he wanted to know how I found someone who tolerated my passion for EMS. It caught me off guard, but I thought it wa...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

9/11 Paramedic Receives Medal 16 Years Later
The Dalles, Ore. -- After 25 years as a paramedic, Joe Cruz called it a career. He says what he loved most about his job was how unpredictable it was. One day he'd be at a car accident, the next day he'd be delivering a baby. His world would forever change on September 11, 2001. He and some other paramedics were having breakfast when the call came in for a fire in the North Tower. Racing to what would later be known as Ground Zero, he had no idea what to expect. "We just looked up and the hole inside of the building, lots of smoke, lots of fire," he said. It's what he heard next is only one of the things that he ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Devon Haskins, KGW Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

A Team of Two: EMS And Epidemiology
“What’s an epidemiologist?” is usually the first question I get asked when people inquire about my career. If someone happens to know what an epidemiologist is, they usually ask if I work with viruses like Ebola or the flu. They might even reference a few movies like Outbreak, Contagion, or World War Z. I must admit, I wouldn’t mind single-handedly saving the world from a rare and horrific disease, but in the real world, epidemiology is a little less glamorous. Epidemiology is “the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Source Type: news

National 9-1-1 Program Recognizes April 9-1-1 Education Month, Telecommunicators Nationwide, and 50 Years of 9-1-1
Throughout 2018, the 9-1-1 community is celebrating 50 years of 9-1-1. And during the month of April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National 9-1-1 Program recognize 9-1-1 Education Month, and April 8-14 as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week. National 9-1-1 Education Month in this landmark 50th year provides a unique opportunity to educate the public about all aspects of 9-1-1, including: its storied history and continuous adaptation to changing technologies; tips for using 9-1-1 appropriately; information about Next Generation 9-1-1, the future of emergency calling; and, th...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: 911.gov Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

Ambulance or Uber: American Ambulance Association Releases Video To Promote Public Awareness
Ridesharing apps offer transportation on-demand in passenger vehicles driven by laypersons. In the case of routine, minor illness or injury, these apps can offer convenient transportation to an outpatient appointment. However, fully-equipped ambulances, staffed by trained Paramedics and EMTs, are the best choice to in the case of stroke, heart attack, trauma, and other serious emergencies, or to care for patients with special needs requiring medical management.     (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Ambulance Association Tags: Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

One Paramedic's Perspective on Civilian Naloxone Distribution
The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, recently issued the first national public health advisory in 13 years. He wants more civilians to start carrying naloxone “to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives.” Since 2010, the number of Americans who die from opioid overdoses annually has more than doubled, and in 2016 there were more than 42,000 deaths. The need for a multifaceted strategy to combat this deadly epidemic is clear. Among many EMS providers, there’s a great deal of angst directed at civilian naloxone distribution programs, as well as at opioid overdoses in general. If y...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Simon Taxel, NREMT-P Tags: Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Gather on Capitol Hill to Address Critical Drug Shortages Affecting Patient Care
WASHINGTON, DC (April 16, 2018) – Members of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for issues affecting quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ongoing drug shortages affecting EMS providers. Medical facilities across the country are currently experiencing shortages in powerful, injectable painkillers as well as other essential emergency medications needed by patients undergoing surgery, fighting cancer or suffering traumatic injuries. The shortage is due largely to manufacturing setbacks. “Drug shortages impede our nation&rsqu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of EMS Physicians Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

On His Day Off, Roanoke County (Va.) Paramedic Saves An Infant's Life
Roanoke, Va. (WSLS) - Being a hero has no boundaries. We tell you the story of this year's Red Cross Emergency Responder Hero. He's a Roanoke County paramedic and firefighter, and even on a day off, he saved a life. Andrew Goodpasture has worked on an ambulance in Roanoke County for eight years, helping save numerous lives. But an incident that happened during an out-of-town hunting trip in January 2017 was unlike any other. "So I was in the middle of nowhere, out of town. I do a lot of hunting,” Goodpasture said. “Me and a couple of buddies went on a goose hunt.” It was supposed to be a fun day...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Ward, WSLS Tags: News Videos Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Opioid Trials to Begin in 2019 as Settlement is Also Pushed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course. Cleveland-based Judge Dan Polster issued an order Wednesday scheduling three Ohio trials for 2019 — a shift from his earlier plan to try to work out settlements. In his order, the judge says the parties have made "good progress" and notes that lawyer in the case were asking for a litigation track in addition to settlement talks. The hope is that holding some trials can hel...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Welsh Huggins and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Paramedic Saves a Life on her Birthday, Two Years in a Row
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (Fox25Boston) - Most people would take the day off on their birthday, but not Erika Apicella. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Evan White, Fox25Boston Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Ohio Health System Revamps Protocol for First Responder Opioid Exposure
COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) - The danger is growing for first responders coming in contact with deadly opiates as the drugs get stronger. On Sunday, a Columbus police officer was given Narcan and taken to the hospital as a precaution after possibly coming in contact with an unknown substance. Mount Carmel Health Systems recently changed their process. There is now a detailed protocol for gathering and communicating information. As soon as the unknown substance is determined, it's immediately relayed back to the responder’s agency. "So our folks step in 24/7 and are notified when there’s an exposure so ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shelby Croft, 10TV Tags: News Videos Operations Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

The National EMS Management Association ’s EMS Officer Credentialing Exams
This year at the annual Pinnacle EMS Leadership conference, NEMSMA will be providing its credentialing written examinations for Supervisory (SPO), Managerial (MPO) and Executive (Fellow) level Paramedic Officer certifications. These are the only EMS officer credentials that adhere to the NEMSMA national standardized comprehensive competencies, accepted by the industry across the country. The written tests will be given on July 22nd, 2018 at the conference venue in Phoenix, Arizona. Candidates must submit a completed application and provide all supporting documentation no later than June 8th, 2018 through NEMSMA’s web...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Management Association Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

New Jersey Man Celebrates 57 Years of Volunteer EMS Service
ENGLEWOOD, NJ – Englewood resident Dick Krane doesn’t do anything half way. When he commits to something, he really commits. Krane recently celebrated 61 years of marriage with his wife, Pat, and come May 2018, will mark 57 years of service with the Englewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC). In 1966, receiving a plaque from Mayor Austin Volk (wearing suit) are Englewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain Charles Hampton (left); President John Prokop (holding plaque); Secretary Dick Krane (second from right); and dispatcher Bill Hampton (right). Although no longer an active duty crew member, Krane, 81, remains ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS Council of New Jersey Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Naloxone
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives. Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday morning, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued his office's first national public health advisory in 13 years. Adams said he hopes those who are at risk — as well as their friends and family members — will keep the antidote on hand and learn how to use it. "You don't have to be a policeman or a firefighter or a paramedic to save a life," said...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: R.J. Rico, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

NHTSA Now Accepting Applications for EMS/9-1-1 Specialist Position
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking qualified candidates to fill an open position to support both the Office of EMS and National 911 Program. These programs have national responsibility for developing and implementing new projects, providing technical assistance and support, and coordinating activities that enhance EMS and 911 systems. Job seekers interested in serving in a hands-on role overseeing projects of national significance to improve emergency medical services and emergency communication are encouraged to apply. In this role, the candidate will: Work with the technical complexiti...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS.gov Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

The John D. Solomon Fellowship: Growing the Emergency Management Field
April 3, 2018 – The emergency management field draws individuals from an array of professional and educational backgrounds. Vital aspects include the ability to communicate effectively, coordinate transportation of needed resources and create plans to implement during emergencies. No two emergency managers are alike. Your emergency management agency requires professionals with different skill sets and experiences to fulfill its mission. Fellowships and internships offer a unique and beneficial experience by providing potential emergency management professionals with hands-on training in the field. Participants, some ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

In Loudon County, Tenn., Priority Ambulance Trains More Than 110 Residents to Stop the Bleed
Last week, Priority Ambulance and Fort Loudoun Medical Center observed the national Stop the Bleed initiative with training events and donations that targeted Loudon County schools and the general public. In total, more than 110 Loudon County community members were trained in lifesaving bleeding control techniques, including 40 teachers who serve as a medical first response team at each high school. Priority Ambulance and Fort Loudoun also donated bleeding control kits, which include gauze, gloves, tourniquet and trauma shears, to each public and private elementary, middle and high school in Loudon County. The kits will be...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Deccan2018 Conference Focuses on Driving Innovation in Fire & EMS Analytics
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Deccan International today announced its annual conference focused on driving innovation in Fire and EMS analytics will take place Sept. 5-7, 2018. Deccan2018 provides public safety leaders an opportunity to learn and engage with colleagues to develop strategies to continually improve deployment and operations. Known for its software tools for Fire and EMS, Deccan International hosts this conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, for both Deccan users and leaders in Fire and EMS who look to use data and analytics to address daily tactical and long-term strategic decisions.  ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Deccan International Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Gold Cross Ambulance Celebrates 50 Years of Quality Service
In March 1968, Gene and Julia Moffitt formed Gold Cross Ambulance with partners Jared Miles and Max Schmidt.  The company had two 1968 Cadillac ambulances equipped with first-aid kits, resuscitation devices, splints, and stretchers. It was during this time that Gene was instrumental in working closely with the Utah State Health Department to create a certification program for ambulance personnel. His involvement led him to be very familiar with EMS protocols around the country, and Gold Cross Ambulance providers were among the first paramedics trained in the State of Utah.  As an ambassador for the Utah State Hea...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

2017 EMS10: Innovators in EMS Award Winners Selected
JEMS selects top 10 innovators of 2017 We all share the calling to work in emergency medicine, but some individuals go above and beyond by studying, developing and implementing new tools, treatments and protocols that are truly innovative. These innovations are practical—they reduce response times, unnecessary ED admittances and department costs—but more importantly, these innovations have huge emotional effects on individuals and communities. They help people beat drug addiction, overcome mental trauma and save lives. Whether they’re educators, researchers or medical directors, these professionals have...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elisse Miller, BA Tags: Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Maryland Agency Tracks Tourniquet Use to Measure Success in Managing Uncontrolled Bleeding
When a man in Prince George’s County, Maryland severely injured his foot while sawing down a tree in his yard, the first on-scene Prince George’s County Police Officer accessed a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Kit in his vehicle, applied a tourniquet to the wound, and controlled the excessive bleeding to save the man’s life. That casualty care kit was supplied by the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department through an Urban Area Security Intelligence Program (UASI) grant to equip public safety officials with tools to prepare for and act against terrorism. Throughout...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Maryland School Shooting: Sheriff Releases Timeline and 9-1-1 Calls
GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — The student who fatally shot a female classmate last week at a Maryland high school died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a confrontation with a school resource officer who also fired his gun, authorities said Monday. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that 17-year-old Austin Rollins fired a fatal shot to his head just as he encountered sheriff's deputy Blaine Gaskill. The shot fired by Gaskill struck the gun in Rollins' hand, the sheriff's office added. The shooting occurred last Tuesday at Great Mills High School, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Terrorism Active Shooter Source Type: news

Manchester Attack Report: Confusion Kept Some Resources Away from Victims
LONDON (AP) — Firefighters were not allowed to go to the scene of the Manchester Arena bombing for more than two hours because of confusion about whether an attacker was still on the loose, according to a report released Tuesday. Senior British civil servant Bob Kerslake, who headed the inquiry, said "a valuable resource was not available to assist at the scene" because fire service workers were "out of the loop." A suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured scores more at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 in Manchester. The report also criticized the media for the way journalists treated bombin...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Storagecraft Helps Law Enforcement Solve Data Management Challenges of Body Cam and Static Surveillance
DRAPER, UT  — Wanted: a solution to the growing storage capacity and management problems at law enforcement agencies around the U.S. As agencies increasingly deploy body-worn cameras (BWCs) and dash cams to better protect and serve their communities, they encounter a significant obstacle: the high cost, complexity and compliance of storing video surveillance footage. StorageCraft is addressing this challenge with an innovative solution that meets the storage demands of law enforcement surveillance. The number of police departments mandated to deploy BWCs is rising quickly. A recent nationwide survey by the Major...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: StorageCraft Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Fallon Ambulance Service of Quincy MA Joins Transformative Healthcare, Fallon COO Tyler Becomes Transformative CEO
QUINCY, Mass.--Fallon Ambulance Service, Massachusetts’ oldest independently-owned ambulance service, is joining the Transformative Healthcare family of companies through a major equity investment by Transformative. The transaction accelerates Transformative’s strategic mission to deploy innovation and data analytics in medical transportation to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes while reducing costs. Fallon, which was founded in 1923, has nearly 650 employees, 150 vehicles, and municipal contracts serving over 300,000 Massachusetts residents. It will continue to operate under the Fallon brand ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Ill. EMT Has Head Shaved by Young Cancer Survivor for Awareness
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) -- A surprise connection gave a family and a first responder a lasting friendship. Nine year-old cancer survivor Tanner Haurez is trying to raise money for others going through treatment. Today, he shaved the head of the paramedic who helped care for him. Tanner Haurez was diagnosed with leukemia in the beginning of 2013. That's when he made the two and a half hour long trip to get the treatment he needed. "Cody was Tanner's EMT that took him to St. Louis from Carle in Champaign when he was diagnosed." Ever since that drive, the Haurez family has kept in contact with Carle Parademi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Erick Payne, WCIA Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

PWW Media ’s abc360 Conference Kicks Off in Las Vegas with a Wealth of New Compliance Information
On Wednesday, March 21, the attorneys and consultants of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth (PWW) kicked off Day 1 of the two-day abc360 Conference hosted by PWW Media, Inc. with nearly 400 attendees anxious to learn the latest information on how to better manage the EMS revenue cycle while ensuring legal compliance.  The most popular sessions of the program - the reimbursement, compliance, and privacy updates - were presented by attorneys Doug Wolfberg, Steve Wirth, and Ryan Stark. The Reimbursement Update provided the audience with latest information and up-to-the-minute developments in the world of Medicare – like th...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

GD CAREpoint 2.0 to Support FDNY EMS
GD (General Devices) has announced that it once again partnered with the Fire Department of the City of New York to implement CAREpoint 2.0 at its Telemetry Center in Woodside, Queens. The FDNY is a longtime client who has relied on GD for dependable, effective communication since the mid 1990’s. The Department began using the CAREpoint Workstation in 2008 to facilitate Online Medical Control consultations between department physicians and city paramedics. After a decade of consistent quality and effectiveness, they have upgraded to GD’s latest workstation, CAREpoint 2.0. With a patient en route to an emergenc...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news